Leading us in the Right Direction

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better. 

Executive Board of Directors

Dean Stoor, President
Honeywell
New Mexico Operations Site Leader


Dean became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Big Brothers Big Sisters champion Honeywell Industries, where he is a Site Leader. His passion for the mission, paralleled only by his passion for the Green Bay Packers, finds its roots in a close family member, once a Little and now a successful professional.

Matt Houston, VP of Finance and Treasurer
First National Bank 1870
AVP, Commercial Banker

A native of Albuquerque, Matt is dedicated to providing tailored financial solutions to meet the banking needs of local businesses of all sizes; working to help them be successful and positively impact the local economy. In joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters board Matt believes he has found another way to have a positive impact in the community he calls home. He has witnessed firsthand the impact the organization has in the community participating in the Mentor 2.0 program and helping his mentee graduate from Amy Biehl High School.

Andrea D. Harris, VP of Operations
Carter & Valle Law Firm
Attorney

Andrea Harris transplanted to Albuquerque from Minneola, Kansas eight years ago. She works as an attorney at Carter & Valle law firm, and is excited to “be a part of an organization that helps steer youth in the right direction in life.”

Mike Byrd, Immediate Past President
Manual Lujan Agency
Construction Trades Specialist

Hailing from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mike specializes in financial analysis and strategy development for HUB international. Father to 3 girls, the mission speaks right to his heart: “I was attracted to Big Brothers Big Sisters because the organization changes lives for the better…our children should have every opportunity to succeed.”

Alaric Babej
PNM
Product Development Manager

Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Alaric has called Albuquerque his home since 2013. Alaric has a history of board service (African Sky, Engineers Without Borders), and wanted to volunteer with an organization whose mission resonated with him. He was inspired to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters board because he believes in the power of mentorship to affect change, both on the individual and the community level. Alaric enjoys running, road trips to new places, and going for hikes with the family.

Brent Rickert
Comcast
National & Local Indirect Sales Manager

Brent Rickert is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is now the current manager for Comcast in Indirect Sales for NM and AZ. He first learned about Big Brothers Big Sisters during his time in Boy Scouts, where he is an Eagle Scout. Brent has a strong sense of community and feels that “youth of the community need all the help we can give them to become great adults.”

Chris Vallejos
University of New Mexico
Associate Vice President

Chris diligently serves students in New Mexico as the Associate Vice President of Administration at the University of New Mexico. Eager to get involved, Chris came to the board by way of a transformative relationship with his Little Brother.

David Leith
Clifton Larson Allen
CPA, Principal

Dave Leith has served the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years, and in nearly every capacity. A Principal at Clifton Larson Allen, he heads up the firm’s NM Real Estate Practice and its National Architect and Engineer Practice. He lives at 7,304 ft. altitude in Tijeras, New Mexico, but comes down from the clouds to meet with his Mentor2.0 mentee.

Denise Nava
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Scholarship and Communications Coordinator

Native New Mexican and home grown in the small town of Silver City, Denise Nava is the Scholarship and Communications Coordinator at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. She joined Big Brothers, Big Sisters in 2010 as a Big Sister and continued her support as Mentor in the Mentor2.0 Program in 2015. She believes in the mission of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the importance of mentorship. When's she not mentoring or working, you can find her running in her neighborhood with her dog, Kaiser the Akita. 

James (Jay) Hodge
Dalandz of Colorado, Owner
Retired

Jeff Stuve
Cauwels and Stuve
Partner

A native of Farmington, our Immediate Past President and a mentor in mentor2.0, Jeff is the Principal at Cauwels & Stuve Realty and Development. An active and vocal advocate for the organization, Jeff’s agenda is straightforward: “Helping kids.”

Jeffrey Squires
Peacock Myers
Attorney

Jeffrey Squires moved to Albuquerque six years ago from Washington D.C., where he lived and practiced law for forty years.  He was a Big Brother there long ago, with Big Brothers of the National Capitol Area, and relishes the chance to be part of an organization that does such wonderful and rewarding work.

Jim Smith
CBRE
Vice President

“I heard a lot of whining… I thought I would try to do something other than whine,” Jim says, of his decision to serve the underprivileged youth of Central New Mexico as an active Big Brother Big Sister board member and fundraiser. Jim spends his days working as a commercial real estate broker and his free time as a mentor in mentor2.0.

Lorinda Carabajal
Information Technology Specialist
DoD Civilian Retired

An Albuquerque native and retired Department of Defense Civilian employee, Lori demonstrates her commitment to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission not only by serving on the board, but as a Big Sister to her Little Sister, 8 years old, and a mentor2.0 high school junior. “The mentor2.0 program is a great way to connect with high school students and offer encouragement and direction where needed,” she explains. “I had such a great experience with being a mentor in mentor2.0 so I decided to become a Big Sister, too.”

Marie Thames
The Thames Group, LLC
Managing Director

Marie was born and grew up in Montgomery, Alambama, but has lived in ABQ and Santa Fe, NM since 1982. She attended UNM to study Finance, and now uses that experience to provide advisement services to businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs. Marie is a woman with many hobbies and interests, and spends her free time socializing with friends, gardening, swimming, attending events, taking day trips, and reading.

Mark Reynolds
University of New Mexico
Associate Director IT Voice

Mark Reynolds is originally from Brawley, CA and moved to Albuquerque, NM early in his life. He stayed in Albuquerque and went on to become the Associate Director of IT for the University of New Mexico for the past 35 years. Mark found his way to Big Brothers Big Sisters of CNM after advertisements for the mentor2.0 program circulated around UNM’s campus. He is now matched with a student in the mentor2.0 program at South Valley Academy.

Nydia Villezcas
Merrill Lynch
Client Associate

Nydia was born and raised in New Mexico, specifically in the South Valley. She learned early on to support her community by participating in local charity events. Nydia received The University of New Mexico Dean of Students Service Award for her commitment to philanthropy while attending college. After college, she began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity while living in Florida and recently joined BBBS as a mentor in 2018 when she moved back to New Mexico. Nydia believes that children are the future and need proper guidance and a positive support system. She strives to be a wonderful mentor to her mentee and hopes to continue mentoring for many years ahead. Nydia works in finance, spends her free time teaching yoga to the community and hiking whenever possible.

Scott Hindman
Excellent Schools New Mexico
Executive Director

As the founding Executive Director of Excellent Schools New Mexico, Scott is invested in New Mexico children and believes that all families deserve access to a quality public education. In addition, Scott has been a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters for over ten years and served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board in Memphis. He has seen first-hand how mentoring has made a difference in his mentees' lives. Scott is currently a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico’s mentor2.0 program at Amy Biehl School where he is matched with Issac.